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Thursday, 14 May 1998

  • Letter: Labour's union link
    Friday, 15 May 1998

    Indeed, it is so compellingly excellent that I am even now eagerly waiting for the Government to announce that the same percentage is being applied to all referendums, general elections, by-elections, local elections, elections of MEPs, elections to ...

  • Letter: Ulster conundrum
    Friday, 15 May 1998

    If the Catholics (nationalists and republicans) vote for the agreement they will be voting for the Ulster Unionist Party and for the sectarian extremists of the Ulster Defence Association and the Ulster Volunteer Force. If the Catholics vote against ...

  • Letter: Double tunnel vision
    Friday, 15 May 1998

    The tunnel links not London to Paris but Great Britain to Europe, and should not be considered finished until there are fast links from all parts of Britain. I look forward to the day when Paris is not three hours from London but five from Newcastle....

  • Letter: Testing times
    Friday, 15 May 1998

    The United States' objections would be more soundly based if it had not over the years supported Israel's nuclear weapons and itself recently been developing new types of nuclear weapons that happen not to need testing. Since the 1960s, when the Non-...

  • As Robin Cook fails to live up to his billing, look out for John Prescott
    Friday, 15 May 1998

    Yesterday was not the Foreign Office's finest hour. Appearing before a Commons Select committee, Sir John Kerr, the Permanent Secretary, exonerated Robin Cook of knowing about the Customs and Excise investigation into Sandline before he says he did. ...

  • Letter: Genetic patents
    Friday, 15 May 1998

    TIM BARRACLOUGH London SE13

  • Leading Article: 'Ethics' didn't help in Indonesia
    Friday, 15 May 1998

    Suharto has been a despotic, brutal and nepotistic leader for most of his time in power. When he took power in 1965 in similarly bloody circumstances (400,000 Chinese died in the riots then) he became leader of what could still easily be described as...

  • An article about a programme about a book about Hemingway, papa of post-modernism
    Friday, 15 May 1998

    "What are you up to," I cried. "I?" said Adrian, steering me expertly into a passing coffee house. "I am in the business of buying you a coffee. Espresso? Cappuccino? Latte?" "Latte isn't coffee," I said. "It's the Italian word for milk." "They are s...

  • Leading Article: Too little, too late to stop virtual monopoly
    Friday, 15 May 1998

    Microsoft, headed by Bill Gates, has pursued that trajectory so familiar to capitalism: creative innovation, dazzling success, wealth beyond dreams and, finally, attempted monopoly. As technological change accelerates, Mr Gates has followed this path...

  • Don't just offer advice, Mr Cruickshank, do something useful
    Friday, 15 May 1998

    Theory Two, however, says that all these scare stories are just part of the Millennium Scam - a get-rich-quick conspiracy of lawyers and computer consultants charging exorbitant fees to tell companies there's nothing to worry about. (So far, the lawy...

  • Why I applaud the books of men who tell it like it is
    Friday, 15 May 1998

    David Aaronovitch is upset that female journalists such as myself have said nasty things about men. He was referring to the remarks I made about Paul Johnson. Did I suggest that "all men are wankers"? No. I will leave it for men to say that about the...

  • Letter: Real nappies
    Friday, 15 May 1998

    HELEN WOOLLEY Sheffield

  • Pandora
    Friday, 15 May 1998

    THE TABLOIDS were trying to track down John Major in America yesterday for a quote about his son's engagement. Pandora is happy to help. Talking to a friend recently about Emma Noble, his highly photogenic future daughter-in-law, the ex- Prime Minist...

  • Letter: Labour's union link
    Friday, 15 May 1998

    Nor does it reflect the fact that without unions such as the AEEU (Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union), there would be no New Labour. When Labour was heading off towards political oblivion, unions worked to bring the party back to reality. ...

  • Letter: Real nappies
    Friday, 15 May 1998

    The "vile chemical" we use to sanitise our reusables is that scourge of the environment, vinegar (as recommended by the manufacturers). The "amazing temperature" we wash them at is 60 degrees and on average we do five half-loads every two weeks. If t...

  • Letter: Genetic patents
    Friday, 15 May 1998

    This Directive blurs the line further between what constitutes an invention and a discovery, at a time when ethical considerations should be at the forefront of decision- making. Sadly, it seems such considerations come a distant second to the profit...

  • Letter: Double tunnel vision
    Friday, 15 May 1998

    However I must point out that his opening gambit that the road tunnel under the Channel is the "latest wheeze from Eurotunnel" is wholly inaccurate. Under the 1986 Concession Agreement, Eurotunnel is obliged to present plans to the British and French...

  • Letter: Labour's union link
    Friday, 15 May 1998

    The Party's internal democracy is already weakened by an increasingly arrogant and powerful centralised elite, and the removal of the unions would only enhance the power of Millbank. If there is not to be a complete takeover by professional politicia...

  • Listen here India - do as nuclear nations say, not as they do
    Thursday, 14 May 1998

    Of course, the move is self-debilitating, as the plunge in the rupee and Indian share prices yesterday indicates. "Mad" (the doctrine of Mutual Assured Destruction) might have prevented the Cold War turning hot, but the Indian subcontinent is still a...

  • Letter: Why we use Windows
    Thursday, 14 May 1998

    It is extremely naive to believe that any monopoly can be benign, even beneficial. Microsoft could achieve sole control both of the desktop, which determines the software you use, and of access to the Internet, which dictates the information you see....

  • Letter: Mockery of a monarchy
    Thursday, 14 May 1998

    DANIEL SMITH Aberdeen

  • Letter: Sierra Leone's freedom
    Thursday, 14 May 1998

    The facts, which have been considerably muddied when not ignored, are that on 25 May 1997 the government of Sierra Leone, elected only a year previously in a remarkable demonstration of power by a people determined to rid themselves of military contr...

  • Gloomy outlook in the garden? Just send for Ken and his arboreal assassins
    Thursday, 14 May 1998

    UNUSUAL JOBS INDEED No 37: A Contract Tree Killer "JUST imagine the situation," says Ken Quilter (not his real name). "You're a retired couple. You've got a nice restful garden with a sunny lawn. Then one day the next door neighbour plants a line of ...

  • Spare me and my fellow men from the new orthodoxy: female good, male bad
    Thursday, 14 May 1998

    Anyway, the next morning reading my copy of The Independent, I turned first - as ever - to the article by my talented colleague Suzanne Moore, dealing with the revelations of Paul Johnson's adultery. Suzanne was not surprised that the florid Thatcher...

  • Letter: Safer trains
    Thursday, 14 May 1998

    Such systems are used in some locations but are not suitable where speeds are much above 50mph, because of the large stopping distances then involved. The existing Automatic Warning System (AWS) provides similar functionality but can be overriden by ...

  • Leading Article: Wakeham fails to hit the target
    Thursday, 14 May 1998

    But it is also the job of the Press Complaints Commission to fire warning shots across editorial bows and the Star and rivals tempted to follow its lead need to be warned. The forthcoming World Cup will excite passions and newspapers should report as...

  • Letter: First music hall
    Thursday, 14 May 1998

    JOHN BURNETT Curator of the History of Leisure National Museums of Scotland Edinburgh

  • Leading Article: Toughest choices for the NHS
    Thursday, 14 May 1998

    That is the conclusion of the Kings Fund's report on the case of Jaymee Bowen. Of course it is hard to disagree with the idea that there should be more information about the way the National Health Service reaches its decisions. In its fifty years of...

  • Letter: International craze?
    Thursday, 14 May 1998

    RICHARD BARTLE West Bergholt, Essex

  • Over-tidy neighbours and backward-walking Lords
    Thursday, 14 May 1998

    The other kind is a horrible bald man called something like Mike Hole, who crams his family of tiny delinquents into a purple Honda Civic, wears Ben Sherman shirts while plying his Black & Decker sanding device in the garden on Sunday afternoons ...

  • Pandora
    Thursday, 14 May 1998

    EVEN your best friends won't tell you... at least not when reshuffle time is fast approaching in the Tory Party. But Pandora is happy to let you know that it seems almost certain the Boy Wonder will rearrange his team at the end of this month, whethe...

  • Letter: Mockery of a monarchy
    Thursday, 14 May 1998

    In our recent Constitutional Convention, a very substantial majority clearly rejected the present role of Her Majesty, which many think puts such emphasis on the second syllable of "democracy" that our constitution should be changed to ensure a reall...

  • Letter: Why we use Windows
    Thursday, 14 May 1998

    Joel Klein of the US Justice Department should ponder the following problem. Is it better for the consumer to have the option of using many different operating systems (and associated software) with the hassle of data conversion between different sta...

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